Prep 30 min
Total 3 hours 10 min
Makes 30 cookies



1/4 cup
1/2 cup
unsalted butter
2 tsp
ground ginger
1 1/4 tsp
1 tsp
ground cloves
1 tsp
ground cardamom
1/2 tsp
ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
2 cups
all-purpose flour
1 tsp
egg, lightly beaten

Royal Icing

1/4 tsp
white vinegar
5 cups
icing sugar, sifted
1/4 cup
cold water


  • COMBINE syrup, butter, sugar, spices and salt in a medium saucepan over medium, stirring until butter is melted and mixture is smooth, 2 min. Let cool for 15 min.
  • WHISK flour and baking soda in a large bowl. Stir in syrup mixture, then egg, until blended. Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap. Flatten into discs and refrigerate until firm, 1 hr.
  • PREHEAT oven to 325F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  • LIGHTLY flour a large piece of parchment. Roll 1 dough disc on parchment to 1/8-in. thickness. Cut out shapes using 2 1/2-in. to 4-in. cookie cutters, re-rolling scraps and refrigerating as needed. Arrange on prepared sheets and bake until edges are browned, 12 to 14 min. Let cool 5 min, then transfer to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • ICING: Beat egg whites and vinegar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium until foamy. Beat in sugar until combined. Increase speed to medium-high and beat until thick, 2 min. Thin with water. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a very small plain tip to decorate cooled cookies. Let sit at room temperature until icing hardens, about 4 hr.
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Calories 160, Protein 2 g, Carbohydrates 32 g, Fat 3 g, Sodium 115 mg.
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